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Bistro United in Kapitolyo should be your new go-to neighborhood resto

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Bistro United in Kapitolyo should be your new go-to neighborhood resto

Bistro United's intimate space for a party of 8

Bistro United’s intimate space for a party of 8

United Bistro may seem like a rehash of Round Table, Chef Mia Kapay’s first restaurant venture in Kapitolyo, but her newest baby has its own distinct personality. This new Filipino diner gets its charm though from its’ minimalist interiors—from the comfy chairs and much comfier couches plus a special area at the rear perfect for an intimate party of eight. United Bistro may be void of any frills or flashy décor, but in truth, the place’s neutral ambiance sets the tone for what’s to come— really good-hearted, great-tasting food.

The Amazing Roast Beef is also available ala carte

The Amazing Roast Beef is also available ala carte

A lawyer in her past life (well just a few years before) Chef Mia now reasons more with how to go about her weekend buffet themes. Will it be Spanish? Greek? Asian? Still, don’t expect an overwhelming spread—the buffets are well-thought of, meaning exact portions are met to assure guests that flavor quality is kept throughout the entire time. One thing is for sure though; her 12-hour marinated Amazing Roast Beef will always be present and ready to be carved upon notice.

Nacho Poppers

Nacho Poppers

Not to be outdone are the ala carte options, some of which are old favorites from the Round Table menu.  The starters, for starters, are set to delight even in the smallest of bites. The Grilled Cheese Dunkers will tug on your heartstrings whenever you dunk the kesong puti-stuffed triangle paninis into the homemade tomato soup drizzled with pesto oil. Another one is the Nacho Poppers— these baby-sized wonton poppers have so much flavor from the minced pork, sour cream, and mango-tomato salsa  mixed with bagoong Balayan. The crispy Smoked Fish Pockets for one thing, are mini wonton triangles filled with herb-flecked fish pate mixed with cream cheese. Addicting as they are, please be reminded that there are other incredible dishes to try out.

Crispy Ubod Salad

Crispy Ubod Salad

Even the salads are out to impress. The Crispy Ubod Salad that’s composed of carrots, squash, kamote beans, heart of palm, and candied Iligan nuts  is professed to be the salad for non-salad eaters. Crisp wonton sheets tower over the veggies, which you can then douse with the tangy balsamic vinaigrette. The Q Salad is the Round Table’s legacy greens with its signature components of assorted lettuce, Mandarin oranges, cherry tomatoes, and chopped walnuts.

Porchetta Kare-kare

Porchetta Kare-kare

The Bagnet Ravioli and Porchetta Kare-kare are real heart stoppers, leaning on the wicked goodness of deep-fried pork. Imagine, one is a plate of pasta pockets filled bagnet bits and sisig spices are then topped with chicharon bits. The other, an unapologetic slab of super crispy porchetta sided with braided veggies on a bed of creamy peanut sauce. Order these two and you’ve got yourself an unabashed meal to feast on.

Adobo sa Mangga

Adobo sa Mangga

Dalandan Chicken with Ube Rice

Dalandan Chicken with Ube Rice

You’d think the chicken dishes would be the least stand outs in the menu, but Chef Mia cooks her chicken with such creative flair and flavor. Her sizzling Adobo sa Mangga relies on the sourness of green mango purée mixed with a specially-sourced bagoong plus garlic to come up with her not-your-usual  chicken adobo. Perfect to pair with a hot bowl of bone marrow rice. Another recommended chicken and rice combo would be the Dalandan Chicken with Ube Rice. A leg quarter is marinated in spices and dalandan juice then grilled until juicy and mouthwatering. It is then plated with sticky purple-hued rice and a side sauce from the chicken drippings.

Tinapa Ice Cream

Tinapa Ice Cream

Chef Mia Kapay is very proud of her Carrot Cake. “The original recipe came from my family but I tweaked it to my liking,” she shares. Underneath that cream cheese cloud covered with chopped almonds is a dense yet moist cake that would put all other old-fashioned carrot cakes to shame. If you’re more into the unconventional, then have a scoop of their Tinapa Ice Cream. Some say that it subtly tastes like cheese, but after trying the dessert, we declare that there were no fishy surprises, just pure, unadulterated creamy goodness with a hint of heat from the sprinkled red chili flakes.

The weekend buffet

The weekend buffet

For guests who can’t get enough of Chef Mia’s cooking, Bistro United also offers Foodie Trays to Go where customers can just order and have their food picked up from the resto. But in times when you just want to relax and savor every bite at a leisurely pace, then come to Bistro United, and let Chef Mia and her team do the rest.

Bistro United, D-Strip Building, 20 United Street, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Call (02) 706-1668, 470-2366


Words by Angeli De Rivera
Photographed by Ed Simon of Studio 100

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